Cloud computing is transforming IT today with various drivers – costs management, elastic and ever-changing demands, high-density power with virtualized converged infrastructure. IT today is becoming more virtualized and elastic at a rapid rate due to dynamic and business critical needs. IT is being delivered more as a set of converged dynamic infrastructure services for enterprise customers and service providers. While embracing such IT consumerization, enterprises and services providers are also becoming creative and business models, and therefore technology, are sourcing that suite and aligning their business priorities better. With the recent Red Hat announcements around virtualization and cloud computing, Red Hat customers attended Red Hat Summit 2012 with a keen interest in RHEV 3.1 and CloudForms. It proves how critical it is to have heterogeneous virtualization hypervisors (beyond Vmware ESXi) with no vendor lock-in as their business critical services running on them are rollout.
Road to Private and Hybrid Cloud-based IT
Enterprise IT and service providers need to support increasingly diverse infrastructure, without adding resources, when they take on the journey to the private or hybrid clouds. While disparate groups managed different platforms in isolation (i.e. hypervisors, OS like Windows and Linix/UNIX), there is an increased need to integrate and streamline. As environments grow more demanding and complex, they can’t have disparate consoles for each platform with respect to monitoring, which is essential to supporting business demands for availability and performance of the dynamic services running on the cloud-based IT infrastructure. It is absolutely needed to efficiently monitor and proactively manage entire infrastructure that has various heterogeneous layers powering the services. Enterprise IT and service providers realized rapidly that it is very important for managing the cloud infrastructure, down to the hardware level, getting single pane of glass from services, cloud resources, virtual resources, hypervisors and physical infrastructure for compute, networking and storage.
Red Hat Offers Enterprise Alternative for Virtualization and Clouds
Since the benefits of virtualization alone are already largely being recognized and the hypervisor and virtual data center capabilities are commoditized, there is increasing prevalence of Multiple Virtualization Platforms in Organization. This seems to align with the trend, and later became traditional mandate in the physical compute world, to have servers from two vendors minimum to balance vendor lock-in and big cost increases. Enterprises are looking for second solid alternative that is scalable, and one that does not come with hard ties to OS. With increased sophistication of multiple virtualization solutions, they now can choose RHEV in addition to VMware, Hyper-V etc. Similarly, service providers need to support multiple clients, with multiple platforms in place with unified solution for managing SLAs and services that run on the virtualized IT. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is also banking on the second wave of virtualization deployment, with customers now being familiar with the concepts, having carried out their basic server consolidation, and ready to improve their flexibility, agility and management capabilities by applying virtualization to mission-critical workloads.
Nimsoft Launched Nimsoft Monitor for RHEV at Red Hat Summit 2012
Nimsoft Monitor solution now features robust support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.x, providing customers with unified, end-to-end visibility into their Red Hat and non-Red Hat resources so they can more effectively and efficiently deliver IT services to their business. Nimsoft Monitor for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization automates many monitoring tasks, and streamlines the administration of the physical and virtualized elements in dynamic Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization-enabled environments. Key capabilities include: Auto-discovery of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization hypervisors, Granular correlated views of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and the underlying physical systems, Real-time performance and availability of data, Proactive alerts based on customer-defined thresholds and Automation of common RHEV monitoring configurations and SLAs.
In a nutshell, Cloud computing is definitely changing the way enterprise organizations develop, deploy, monitor and manage their software. Time, cost savings, efficiency and ROI are all driving application performance management and monitoring into the cloud. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a comprehensive open source virtualization management solution for servers and desktops. It is differentiated from other virtualization solutions by lower total cost of ownership, faster return on investment and freedom from vendor lock-in. Nimsoft now offers comprehensive support for RHEV-based virtualization and clouds environments.
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